Nature’s Flowerworks

Filed under:★2006,♬ 2006,Misc,Music — posted by JAWjaw on 12/28/2006 @ 1:09 pm

This local flower seems to burst out at the world….

Nature's Flowerworks

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A brief reminder, the annual Bonenkai Bash is being held at 7th heaven tonight. So, if you want a chance to check out some seasoned local rock talent…why not give it a go.

Holiday Greetings

Filed under:★2006,♬ 2006,Bar Notes ♪,Blogging for Newbies☄,Misc,Music — posted by JAWjaw on 12/17/2006 @ 5:45 pm

Below are links to my latest attempt at a large video from scratch. Unfortunately it was too long for the YouTube site and I had to go back and break it down…..

Holiday Greetings

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View Part 1 and Part 2 of the video.

Taki Nov06

Filed under:★2006,☽2006,♬ 2006,Culture,Misc,Music,Odds-n-Ends,Video — posted by JAWjaw on 12/8/2006 @ 12:46 pm

A pic of hubby jamming at a local street festival.

Taki Nov06

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View brief video of some festival highlights.

Street Dancer

Filed under:★2006,☽2006,♬ 2006,Culture,Misc,Music,Odds-n-Ends — posted by JAWjaw on 12/4/2006 @ 11:11 am

This pic is captured from some video footage taken during a recent street festival. One couldn’t help enjoying this local getting down to some rock ‘n’ roll cover songs being played by a local band.

Steet Dancer

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NHK Film

Filed under:☽2006,♬ 2006,Bar Notes ♪,Odds-n-Ends — posted by JAWjaw on 8/16/2006 @ 5:16 pm

This is a photo of one of the North American lizards.

Lizard

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For those of you who were at Bar JET towards the end of July, the documentary that was being filmed is supposed to be airing on NHK at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, 20 August 2006, according to the info told to Taki. For those of you who were not at the bar during the filming, here is some background info. NHK, the Japanese version of PBS, was filming the musicians of the local music scene in the Okinawa City area last month. From what Taki was told, it was supposed to be a documentary. Therefore, we had an entire production crew at the bar. Normally, I would not care much, as long as the crew was filming from the observational perspective (without interfering with business as normal). Unfortunately, usually that is not the case. What does usually happen is these documentaries end up with a choreographed sequence of events (similar to promotional films) that have nothing to do with the real weekend to weekend bar scene.

It should be noted that you should not be seeing me in the documentary for several reasons:

1) The manner in which the documentary was explained, in order to get approval to film at the bar, was that the documentary was supposed to be about the band, not me or the club.
2) I was cured of the fame bug a long, long time ago (almost 25 years ago in fact).after I did a local TV commercial for butter cookies that ran on the airwaves for many years, but I never received even one yen for. (As far as I know, the local agent that booked that gig and never paid me, is no longer in business for having the same business ethics with other people that she booked gigs for.) Therefore, I straight out told the crew prior to filming that I was not giving my permission to be filmed or recorded which Taki had already explained to them earlier. (Of course, that did not stop them from filming and recording things (such as me and the counter) that they were told were not to be included in the documentary about the local musicians, despite the producer previously agreeing not to.)
3) The behavior of the crew described above just reinforced my NOT wanting to be filmed or recorded despite several other attempts made by the crew to change my mind. (I tried my hardest to conduct business as usual without ending-up in the film crews floodlights that lit up the club as if it was an awards show.)

Anyway, for those of you who were at Bar JET those weekends, and want to see how the documentary turned out, do not forget to put the time and date on your calendars.

That Time of Year Again

Filed under:♬ 2006,Music — posted by JAWjaw on 6/18/2006 @ 4:11 pm

Some more of the flowers found in the neighborhood.

Yellow Flowers

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It’s that time of year when the annual two days of music will be hitting the island’s sound waves. It’s been a long time since that first Peaceful Love Concert. It was held up north and we all sat, or should say baked, in the sun as the participants and viewers of the concert were strewn across a sea of makeshift seating on the freshly weed wacked hills. (By the end of the day, I looked like a freshly steamed lobster). This year the concert is being held on the Fourth of July weekend, July 1 and July 2, at the Okinawa City bull ring outside Kadena AB Gate 5. From what I understand, the J Pop-rock day, July 1, is about sold out. However, the heavier Hard and Classic Rock day, July 2, should still have some tickets available.

What’s Your View

Filed under:☽2006,♬ 2006,Culture — posted by JAWjaw on 4/11/2006 @ 9:17 am

I recently ran across a site that had this interesting post about the Japanese pop (J-pop) music scene. Finding the perspective of the student who wrote the essay to be fairly insightful, I delved a little further into the overall site. For anyone interested in foreigners’ views of life in Japan, the blog covers many different aspects and might be worth your time. Also, although written a little while back, this thread offers some candid opinions of the life.

More Amazing Friends

Filed under:♬ 2006,Odds-n-Ends — posted by JAWjaw on 3/23/2006 @ 2:01 pm

Well Cute Overload does it again. They recently posted about another amazing pairing of extremely unlikely friends brought together by an act of nature.

On the Music Scene

Filed under:♬ 2006,Music — posted by JAWjaw on 1/18/2006 @ 5:59 am

It’s been a while since I’ve written about goings-on in the local music scene. There are two items of interest this week. First, a prerecorded radio interview by Nakao Akira with the members of JET will air on Saturday 21 January at 5:00 p.m. The Japanese language interview will be broadcast on the RBC AM radio station 738 program Okinawa Jikan. Second, the former lead singer of Marie with Medusa, Marie, opened a new place on B.C. Street. Although I haven’t been there personally, I have been told it is a compact-size club with a piano bar type of atmosphere. So if you get the chance, check these two happenings out.



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